Students worry about future

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Friday, April 4, 2014


AS the Talisay City College (TCC) keeps attracting controversy, its students are worried their future might be caught in the political crossfire.

Some students and graduates of the local college believe the school was well-managed under former TCC president Tomas Ramos.

Talisay City Mayor Johnny de los Reyes said he is willing to let Ramos take over as college president in compliance with the decision of the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

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Maria (who refused to name herself for security reasons) told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday that TCC students fear that their academic future might be compromised if the conflict between acting college presidents Richel Bacaltos and Dr. Paulus Canete remains unresolved.

Maria, a third year Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) student, said that while she remains committed to the school until she graduates, some of her schoolmates reportedly decided to transfer schools.

“I heard from my classmates in Industrial Technology that they will transfer for fear they might be affected by the politics in school,” she said.

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Maria said she often missed the days when Ramos was still managing the school.

She said that during Ramos’s time, the students were more disciplined and had more respect with the school rules compared to that of Bacaltos’s time.

She said the former college president instituted programs that would build discipline
and religiosity among students.

Ramos would often require students to attend the 12:15 p.m. mass at the St. Rita de Avila Parish daily and would require classes to attend school activities to support their fellow students, she said.

Maria added that while Ramos was strict when it came to following the school policies, he always inculcate professionalism towards the students.

She said that Bacaltos’s management style was the complete opposite of Ramos’s.

“There really is a big difference between how Dr. Ramos and Sir Richel (Bacaltos) run the school,” Maria said.

She said that when Bacaltos assumed Ramos’s position, the programs instituted by the former college president were no longer implemented.

But she clarified that despite the change in leadership, Bacaltos had not instituted an increase in school fees.

For graduates of TCC, they felt sorry for those who have been affected by the continuing political turmoil surrounding the college.

Julie Ann Baclay, a Hospitality Management graduate, said they hope the ongoing fight between Bacaltos and De los Reyes will be settled soon.

For De los Reyes, he was willing to set aside Cañete to give way to Ramos.

De los Reyes said that with CSC deciding on Ramos’s reinstatement, he feels that the truth has finally come out.

He further sympathized with Ramos who was illegally dismissed by the Board of Trustees without proper investigation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 04, 2014.

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